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1 South St., Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice
Most rooms at this small-scale motel on the north end of Hyannis Harbor have harbor views and small balconies overlooking the water, and its simple street-side appearance belies its spacious and immaculate accommodations, extensive grounds, and warm, B&B-style personal service from Lisa and Skip Simpson. A large outdoor fire pit overlooks the harbor.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a two-night minimum stay requirement during spring, summer, and fall weekends and during peak summer periods.
The 42 rooms are up-to-date, with down comforters, terrycloth robes, refrigerators and flat-screen TVs. Executive rooms have wraparound porches.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Book the Cotuit and The Osterville rooms for the best views, just 75 feet from the water.
Spa Therapy by Gilchrist & Soames products are stocked in the large bathrooms, many of which have shower/tub combos.
The large south-facing sunroom overlooking Hyannis Harbor is a great spot to hang out. The library common area is outfitted with comfortable chairs and has books, games and puzzles to borrow. Guests often eat breakfast in there by the fireplace.
The included continental breakfast includes cereals, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt and pastries, as well as coffee, tea, and juices.
Complimentary coffee and tea are available 24/7 in the library.
Guests can easily walk to the ferry terminal (ferries go to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard), waterfront restaurants and Main Street. The inn provides free parking and you can get into town on foot. There’s also a free, seasonal trolley that makes a loop through town.
Main Street is packed with places to eat, which makes choosing difficult, but the Naked Oyster (5-minute drive), showcases local seafood well. The excellent The West End (10-minute drive) is an outstanding spot, serving seasonal local food and excellent cocktails in a glamourous space that feels a bit like a jazz club.
The Black Cat Tavern (9-minute walk), located on the harbor, is a fun spot to hang out and offers live music four nights a week. In summer, its Shack Out Back Raw Bar and Harbor Shack (both next door) are great for enjoying freshly shucked oysters and lobster rolls. Kelly’s on Main (7-minute drive) is a classic Irish pub and a local favorite.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s impossible to tell from the street what a lovely property this is on the inside. Rooms are spacious and pristine, service is warm and personable and the views are lovely. The outdoor fire pit is a nice place to hang out, as are the common areas. The pool, with its harbor views, offers a welcome place to take a dip and watch the boats go in and out of the harbor.